July 31, 2006

A Hum doozy….

OK, so I'm not watching big brother this year, but it's hard not to get sucked into knowing a little bit about it….so basically I was having an interesting conversation with Helen the other day about what will happen after the winner is announced. So, I think I'm right in saying that Pete (the guy with Tourette's) is pretty certain to win. So the question that arose is….will/should he be allowed to give the usual live interviews on day–time tv, like all the other winners in the past?.....the obvious answer is yes of course he should. But what about tv standards – i'm meaning watershed issues. Surely there'll be lots of horrified people complaining about him randomly swearing live on daytime tv. But then, surely u can't discriminate due to illness. An interesting one, and one that tv standards agencies surely can't win, no matter which way they decide…. thoughts?

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  1. With Pete, the swearing isn't actually too much of an issue (I hope) since the most offensive word he uses is 'wankers' – people who watch big brother will be familiar with his illness, and presumably if the tv people interview him live they'll put some kind of statement/warning about the language that is likely to be used at the beginning of the show. It doesn't seem to matter on the live eviction shows, even though Davina says "Please do not swear".

    31 Jul 2006, 12:14

  2. To be honest, I think he's been a great role model (as much as anyone who chooses to go on that show can be), and has helped broaden the understanding of Tourettes among the population. I see no reason why he shouldn't go on the chat circuit and extend the reach of that.

    31 Jul 2006, 12:27

  3. AJ

    Surely they'll just put any daytime show on which he appears live on a 5–10 second delay and bleep him? Problem solved.

    31 Jul 2006, 14:46

  4. Lia and Helen. I agree completely, and I hope you're both right. AJ obviously problem solved….but is this helping to 'broaden the understanding of Tourette's'?

    31 Jul 2006, 22:09

  5. I think that just having Pete on such a popular show has helped people understand Tourette’s a little better already. The fact that the public weren’t watching something scripted or rehearsed, but an actual Tourette’s sufferer living daily life means they were getting a picture closer to reality…better than any purposely created character I think.

    V xx

    20 Sep 2006, 17:19


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